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they took control. and digging in. the egyptian protest gets even bigger while the obama administration lays out its position in the clearest terms yet. and that's amore? silvio burr les cony must stand trial. it's wednesday, february 9th, 2011. good morning. >> i guess that was your italian accent. >> the best i could. i did -- when you had a day off. so french and italian, phony french and italian. >> you're a man of the world. at the top for us, leaders who lunch. president obama will sit down today for a private lunch with republican house leader boehner, cantor and mccarthy. this comes on the heels of a lunch with mcconnell last week. kelly o'donnell is msnbc capitol hill correspondent. so much to get to including that surprise vote, but let's start with this lunch. they're going to sit down, break bread, but it come ons the context of republican leader cantor being pretty critical of the president just recently. >> this is really an important step forward if either side is going to deliver on the idea of working together. the president has extended this invitation to lunch. if soup's o
they're in good condition now. and they are in safe hands. president obama today asked for an assist from almighty in the egypt situation. white house correspondent wendell goler reports the administration has much more earthly explanation for the chaos. >> at the national prayer breakfast, president obama's thoughts were with the people of egypt. >> we pray the violence in egypt will end and that the rights and aspiration of the egyptian people will be realized. that a better day will dawn over egypt. >> the administration officials said egypt's government appears responsible for violence against protesters and journalists. whether or not the orders came from mubarak himself. >> this is a violation that guarantees freedom of the press. unsemblable under any circumstances. >> secretary clinton spokeman called wednesday a bad day for egypt. they question the military limiting violence separating the pro and anti-mubarak demonstrators. >> broadly speaking, military played important and constructive role in being stabilizing force on the ground. >> many specialist -- military specialist
hour. there's growing concern the obama administration is sending mixed signals to egypt with the defense secretary robert gates now speaking out about the crisis for the first time, and he's praising, praisie ining in strong terms and words, the egyptian military. let's go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. she has details. what's the latest. >> reporter: well, you know, wolf, the white house calling for a media change and the state department calling for a processive change. one thing seems very clear. the protesters are not going away. with crowds swelling in cairo's tahrir square, a greater sense of urgency from the u.s. that the egyptian government needs to show change is coming. in a phone call u.s. vice president joe biden telling egyptian vice president omar suleiman there must be a transition with, quote, immediate, irreversible progress. >> vice president suleiman made particularly unhelpful comments about egypt not being ready for democracy, about not seeing a lift of the emergency law, and i don't -- i don't think that in any way squares with what th
't think barack obama is waiting on me to tell him what he should do. >> he probably has better advice than he might get from the cia. >> from the intelligence committee they are underscoring we didn't read the country right and it is hard to read countries and hard to read the mysteries of countries and even the egyptians could never tell a young man would set himself ablaze en -- in tunisia and the dispute would reach egypt and we have done well reading egypt. it is a fact of life but it is difficult to read distant lands. >> what should the policy be, working behind the scenes to promote a transition, speaking more publicly than we have. >> we have done one thing well and that is central to the equation, we have made sure the army does not go for a massive crack down. >> urging that? absolutely and the big difference between iran and -- in the summer of '09 and egypt right now is the fact that iran was not in our sphere of influence and egypt is. and, the kid glove treatment, if you will, restraint of the army and restraint of the police and restraint of hosni mubarak has to do with the
: the obama administration seeps to be adding fuel to the fire. -- seems to be adding fuel to the fire. >> i think the president has his hands full with the federal deficit. he should stick to palling the federal budget. >> greta: karl rove is here to go on the record. first lt. governor clay fish joins us live. where are your 14 democratic senators tonight? >> i don't know i think they appeared on tv more than to the public. we would encourage them to show up at work in madison which is where their constituents need them. >> >> greta: when was the last time you have heard directly from these senators? >> i believe the senate majority leader did hear from leader miller later -- i'm sorry earlier today. i believe that was the last communication. most that we have heard from them, at this point is on television interviews. >> greta: somebody's gotta give. either the governor has to give or the state senate has to give somehow or the 14 senators who are in the state of illinois need to come back. who is going to give first? >> well, we have nothing to ác/judy as you her the governor say, we're
secretary and how the point of jay carney change president obama's messaging robert gibbs is probably sleeping in about now. happy valentine's day, chuck. >> i have my red tie on. i saw the budget going from the new executive office building on my way in. you can see it wrapped in the palettes of that crazy stuff. also governor hayley barber is running for president. wait until you see this interview. reports that popular energy drinks may pose serious health risks to young adults didn't see that coming. we will get to the president's budget just released. it's a plan for the nation to live within its means while investing in the future with targeted spending. >> it's the beginning of a battle of $3.7 trillion and reducing the deficit by 1.1 trillion over 10 years. 2/3 is from spending cuts and 1/3 from tax increases. obama's budget slashes $100 billion from summer school grants to the college pell grant system in order to continue funding other parts of the pell program. $78 billion in defense cuts and decreases in low income heating assistance by 50% and caps on itemized deductions
him to do to helm the flight. just moments, we are hearing from president obama live. he's expected to take questions on egypt for the first time in a joint news conference that's going to take place with the canadian prime minister, steven harper. nbc's chuck todd in the old executive office building. chuck joins us now to talk about this. we understand, though, is this something that the white house is going to talk about right away, the fact that egyptian officials and exit strategies they want for mubarak? what is the most feasible possibility? >> reporter: well, we do expect to hear something from the president on egypt, even potentially prepared remarks, robert gibbs at the press briefing, seemed to hint at that. but, yes, that's going to be among the obvious questions, which is what is the most recent thing that the american government has asked of mubarak. there was a cryptic news report out of egypt that the vice president, suleiman, said there would not be transfers of powers, implying that somebody asked that there be some transfer of power from mubarak to suleiman or per
discipline. the cuts will be necessary. >> jon: mr. obama unveils his budget to mixed reaction. he wants to spend more on education, energy and innovation, but his plan gets a failing grade to republicans who see a need for big and deep cuts. and guess which plan the press likes. >> the wisconsin's budget cuts go national and democratic lawmakers go missing when it's time to take votes. has the media taken sides here, too. the so-called facebook revolution grows beyond egypt to include other gulf nations and the media plays a part in reporting the eat. are we geg the whole story. >> what do i have to do short of suicide to convince people i'm not running. apparently i have to commit suicide. >> new jersey chris chris getting more media attention for him to make a run for president. are they pushing too hard. >> i do work for the president, but i'm also here to help the press understand what we're doing. >> jon: once a journalist, now the president's pitchman. jay carney takes over the press room podium. what can we expect from this guy, has the media called for the end of humanity when a
? we are going to ask d'brickashaw ferguson. first, in the state of the union president obama promised he would cut spending in his 2012 budget. the price tag 3.7 trillion is that a spending cut or fuzzy math. south carolina senator john thune joins us. so we can make this plain there are two economic issues that are the budget issues. within continuing resolution to fun the government between now and september 30th the other is the 2012, correct? >> right. we have two years on top of each other. the democrat majority did not pass a budget last year. we are dealing with the unfinished business of the last fiscal year. the president submitted his budget for the 2012 fiscal year which will start october 1st of this year. it is two debates on top of each other. sometimes that gets confusing. >> greta: the continuing resolution ends march 4th, if nothing is agreed bone the government shuts down? >> what more is likely to happen congress could pass another short term stopgap continuing resolution until such time as there is agreement on a longer term continuing resolution. if nothing happen
100 billion in spending. now comes round two, can they win the showdown with president obama and the democrats? for pain? oh, bayer aspirin? i'm not having a heart attack. it's my back. it works great f pain. [ male announcer nothing's proven to relieve pain better than extra strength bayer aspirin. it rushes relief to the site of pain. feel better? yeah. thanks for the tip. the smell of home made chili to the site of pain. whatever scents fill your household, purina tidy cats scoop helps neutralize odors in multiple cat homes... keeping your house smelling like it should. purina tidy cats scoop. keep your home smelling like home. >> after a heated internal battle over just how much to slash spending. house republicans announced late this week, what are the biggest cuts since world war ii, a total of 100 billion dollars from president obama's proposed 2011 budget. house budget committee chairman paul ryan had announced plans last week to cut government spending by about half that. but some of the g.o.p. insisted that didn't go far enough and were pushing for far deeper spend
'll see you tomorrow night. >> greta: right now president obama is getting barbecued. raked over the colts for his new budget. he woke to blistering headlines -- each one worse than the next. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ forget you >> greta: many you know that was the g-rated version of that song. you get the point. even the usually adoring huffington post is attacking president obama president obama is not hiding. he's facing the media, defending his budget. >> the president: what we've done is we've been very specific in terms of how to stabilize the discretionary budget. to make sure we are not adding additional debt. by 2015. then, let's together democrats and republicans tackle these long term problems in a way that i think will ensure our fiscal health at the same time ensure we are making investments in the future. >> greta: here are the raw numbers. to put it in perspective, look at our budget last year. the bulk is spent on medicare, medicaid, social security and defense. you can see that on the chart. president obama's budget does not cut a dime from medicare, medicaid or social s
at the wisconsin state capital. as you said, the drama has made it all the way to the without. president obama criticized the budget bill, saying that it seemed like it was, quote, short-sighted thinking on the part of the governor. listen here to president obama. >> i would say, as a general proposition, that everybody's got to make some adjustments to new fiscal realities. we had to impose, for example, a freeze on pay increases for federal workers for the next two years as part of my overall budget freeze. on the other hand, some of what i have heard coming out of wisconsin, where you're just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally seems like more of an assault on unions. >> reporter: the president through press secretary jay carney, he reiterated his boss's point, saying the president doesn't think this is the right way to fix a shorefall, but on the other end, john boehner is criticizing the president and defending scott walker. in a statement he released, he said, in part, quote, rather than shouten down those in office who speak honestly about the challen
is going to shoot obama, well, when hearing that, without objecting to what he heard, the next word heard from the congressman were i know there's a lot of frustration with this president. only when it became a national story today did brown condemn such talk of shooting the president. one month after gabby giffords' shooting brown's initial silence is another example republicans refusing to take on their supporters no matter how violent or crazed their words. our top story tonight. plus, wisconsin. regardless of who wins the union fight out there, both parties see big advantages for their side. democrats hope it will re-energize their base. republicans are banking getting tough with the demands of public demands is a tough move. out of after cars ferry carrying more than 300 americans arrived this afternoon after being stranded in libya for two days because of high seas. once the ferry was safely way from libya the united states suspended embassy operations in tripoli and announced it would impose unilateral sanctions on libya. we will get a report from richard engel in libya. i'm here i
to the budget laid out by president obama. first impressions from the gop house members are that the budget cuts don't go deep enough. >>> that does it for us. happy valentine's day. we'll see you back here tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. eastern. now over to suzanne malveaux. >>> i'm suzanne malveaux. we want to get you caught up on valentine's day. happy valentine's day to you, february 14th. >>> president obama sent congress his budget plan for 2012 and it calls for spending $3.7 trillion. the white house says the blueprint, this draft, will cut the deficit more than $1 trillion over the next decade. >> when i was sworn in as president, i pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term. the budget i'm proposing today meets that pledge and puts us on a path to pay for what we spend by the middle of the decade. we do this in part by eliminating waste and cutting whatever spending we can do without. as i start, i've called for a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years. >> republicans immediately complain that the president is spending too much and cutting too little. bud
about what the obama's administration is, at times they are saying mubarak they want him to transition out and now a special envoy that visits the region says not so fast. what are you hearing there? >> the message certainly has changed in flavor, perhaps in total to be quite honest. we just saw a special envoy frank lisner -- whirt ner, obama they want a full removal of mubarak. they say it's crucial that they stage the transition. dramatically different what we were hearing. he says he believes increasingly they will be an orderly transition to democracy. >> i therefore believe that president mubarak's continued leadership is critical, it's his opportunity write his own legacy. >> reporter: now speaking if munich, secretary of state hillary clinton has today said that the transition pro said led by omar suleiman must be supported. officials are quick to say she doesn't mean that there is any u.s. support for the vice president to have a new role in the new government come the elections that are planned for later this year. they are not trying to endorse anybody in particular but by s
: -- >> martha: it was a -- it's the big presuper bowl faceoff that everybody talked about, president obama sat down with bill o'reilly before kickoff, the leader of the free world tackling tough questions from bill o'reilly on super bowl sunday, they took on the economy, whether or not the president is actually moving to the center, the crisis in egypt, whether mubarek needs to go, canadait, cordial, fascinating interview. we're going to break it down moments from now, we'll go through with how he felt it all went down, that is going on inside "america's newsroom" this morning. >>> then there is this: a possible turning point in egypt today. reports this morning that a new cabinet is having their very first meeting since this crisis began two weeks ago, protestors, though, once again filling into their position necessary tahrir square, they are refusing to budge until president mubarek steps down. i'm martha maccallum on a monday in "america's newsroom". rick: nice to be with you, i'm rick folbaum. transition talks, set to get underway in cairo. martha: antigovernment protestors saying they w
. >>> happening now, president barack obama says he's eager to have an adult conversation about overspending. we're deciphering the main messages of his surprise news conference. >>> plus, death chants by iranian lawmakers. they are trying to snuff out anti-government protests by calling for the execution of some opposition leaders. >>> and after months of scandal, italy's prime minister now facing trial on sex and abuse of power charges. we have an exclusive interview with a woman who is being investigated for hooking him up with young women. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm jessica yellin. you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama faced reporters today after enduring 24 hours of mostly bad reviews about his new budget blueprint. he used a hastily called news conference to defend his spending plan as well as his response to the revolution in egypt, and he laid down some new markers for his next two years in office. our senior white house correspondent ed henry was there. ed, the president seemed pretty defensive today. >> reporter: he was a little defensive in dealing with the situation
obama will be unveiling his 2012 budget. pitting the white house plans against the gop house. as they promise to slash $100 billion this year and if democrats won't work with them, molly henneberg said. >> steve what is in the president's 2012 budget? >> its blueprint that aims to reduce the deficit by $1.1 trillion over two years and cost cutting measures including grants to the state, airport funding and public health programs. here is how the budget director describes it. >> we have to start living within our means. our budget will get us over the next several years to the point where we can look at the american people in the eye and say we're not adding to the debt anymore. we're spending money we have each year and then we can work on bringing down our national debt. >> reporter: the budget cuts to defense spending but does not cut the third rail of politics, medicare and social security. >> gregg: the entitlement programs, steve, the president seems to be responding to gop demands for the budget cuts what is the republican reaction so far? >> reporter: they don't think
.s. from drowning in debt. president obama is going to address. he previewed his 2012 budget. >> so after a decade of rising deficits, this budget asks washington to live within it's means, at the same time investing in our future. it cuts what we can't afford to pay for what we can't do without. that is what families do in hard times and that is what our country has to do as well. >> jamie: will it do enough to take on deficits topping 1.4 tripled. some republicans say, it doesn't even come close. john, good to see. how much is too much when it comes to spending? >> we are borrowing 43 cents out of every dollar we are spending. that is way too much. we continued on that path, we become italy. >> jamie: president says we have to do investing in future. are their areas that cause you more concern than others in terms of what the money will be spent on? >> the president said this is our sputnik moment but high speed rail is a train to nowhere. it's not workable in this country and there are other problems with that. i question whether the president is trying to pay off certain special inter
night, president obama sent the clearest signal yet that he is siding with the protesters. in a statement, he said, "the egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority, but it is not yet clear that this transition is immediate, meaningful, or sufficient. the egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete, and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy and they have not yet seized that opportunity." >> and one other piece of breaking news. mohamed el on the streets, the only way out is for the regime to go. people power can't be crushed. we shall prevail. still hope army can join." >> and we join richard engel now. is elbaradei right? the entire nation of cairo out on the streets? >> reporter: there are many people out on the streets, but what's different today, it's not just cairo. there have been other movements since these protests began, but when we're seeing now are huge protests in cairo, but also suez, alexandria, protests all over the country and they seem united in their call for president mubarak to not just transfer power, not j
news alert. president obama spoke out about libya an hour ago and called the bloodshed outrageous and unacceptable and said he will look at a full range of options to respond. white house correspondent wendell goler has details. >> reporter: in his first on-camera comment about the libyan crisis since it began, president obama insisted the violence against the people of that country come to an end. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it's unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot protesters and further punish people of libya. >> reporter: the president has been underfire from conservatives, including sarah palin, a potential challenger in 2012 for not commenting earlier in a crisis in a facebook posting palin said, "now is the time to speak out for the long-suffering libyan people." while other countries have been able to evacuate some of their citizens the u.s. has not been able to dock a chartered ferry to tri poe lie until today. and they made it clear that the president is focused on the passengers. >> the safety of american citizens is obviously a concern
saw on the streets over the last several days, the violence that president obama, as recently as tuesday night, was laudsing t military because they prevents it and calling for further acts of nonviolence, that has deteriorated quickly. the secretary of defense, other top white house officials, in frequent contact with counterparts in egypt but serving to illustrate the fact the white house has a limits amount of influence over the situation right now. >> so the facts are, from january 25th, when demonstrators started to gather and put on the pressure to get mubarak's attention, they've now gotten mubarak's attention. he's making this announcement that he's not going to run for re-election. however, since that announcement, we've seen nothing but the chaos continue to grow. and tomorrow is the day of departure that these organizers have called upon mubarak to leave and things are going to change. when the president and the administration are hearing that what are their fears for what's going to happen tomorrow when mubarak does not step down and vacate? >> reporter: i think th
you, everybody. >> well, that was, of course, president obama giving a press conference on the budget with some of the conversation about what's happening in the middle east. i'm joined right now by savannah guthrie, nbc news white house correspondent. also, david corn of david jones, and of course, andrea mitchell of the "andrea mitchell reports" which is coming up at 1:00. she's, of course, nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent. let's all go, first of all, savannah, if this were high school or even middle school, i think the president was saying, darers go first. you want entitlements, either i cut them or you cut them. >> he's saying, meet me at the table. i think when you the take a step back and look at what they were trying to accomplish here, the message seemed to be, patience, everybody. this is a two-step process. this budget gets the current spending under control. we'll attack the larger issues, the elephant in the room, as we talked about, the entitlements at some later time. but everything he did seemed to be geared toward this audience of independence, harkening back
this country should go egypt on president obama in the next election? okay, rush. we'll hold you to that. and governor haley barbour won't take a stand against a proposal for a state license plate honoring a confederate leader who was the grand wizard of the ku klux klan. this is the story that has me fired up tonight. in my heart, there's no bigger story in america. for middle class americans, there is no bigger story than what is unfolding in wisconsin because other states will follow. the turnout today was fantastic. on the grounds of the state capitol in madison, wisconsin. today the crowd is fighting governor scott walker's attempt to bust unions and take their hard earned money. that's the bottom line. "the wisconsin state journal" reported more than 10,000 protesters gathered on the south side of the capitol building many carrying signs and chanting "recall walker." well, in many ways, this is the american version of what we saw in egypt when it comes to crowds isn't it? workers are taking it to the streets, calling for the ouster of a politically elected leader who is taking mone
house put out its budget for 2012, president obama trying to prove the best defense is a good offense. the president holding a news conference to defend his $3.7 trillion plan in the wake of very bad first day reviews. >> we owe the american people a government that lives within its means while still investing in our future in areas like education, innovation and infrastructure that will help us attract new jobs and businesses to our shores. >> republicans with a very different read of his proposal. >> the republicans will not punt. everything is on the table. and we will put forward a budget that deals with the big challenges that face our country. >> the gop accusing the president of putting, punting on the biggest drivers of spending. entitle meths like social security, medicare and medicaid. listen how speaker boehner responded. >> i'll let the budget committee do their work but i have no doubts that all of these issues will be on the table. >> was that speaker boehner punting or is that just a handoff? the truth is that neither side has yet put out a plan that tracks our long run
the police to keep the spring breakers safe. megyn? megyn: trace, thank you. president obama told bill o'reilly that americans are evenly divided when it comes to his signature healthcare law. not according to the latest polls. stunning new numbers just out and they're after this break. an air traffic controller whistle blower making shocking claims about what's really going on when controllers are supposed to be keeping you safe. we'll tell you what he's claiming and we'll investigate the evidence. and horrifying new video coming in on what happened when a driver headed the wrong way down a california highway. breaking news just ahead. she felt lost... until the combination of three good probiotics in phillips' colon health defended against the bad gas, diarrhea and constipation. ...and? it helped balance her lon. oh, now that's t best part. i love your work. [ female announcer ] phillips' colon health. the smell of home made chili whatever scents fill your household, purina tidy cats scoop helps neutralize odors in multiple cat homes... keeping your house smelling like it should. purin
us forward. >> he has great credibility. >> what is the view of president obama among the protesters, if you can generalize about how president obama is doing? >> sorry. you can repeat your question again? >> greta: if it's possible, can you tell me, generally wharkts protesters think of what president obama's been doing so far, or not doing? >> i think -- i think having president obama... speaking about this and showing his intention to the problem is a good thing. but too much attention might be not the best move right now, as well. egypt wants to be independent and have their independent choices at the end of the day. any help they can get is great, but they don't want anyone imposed upon themselves -- >> greta: go ahead. >> i think the american administration has been taken by surprise by what has happened in the last 10 days in egypt. there have been mixed signals come from this administration. first, they were hesitant to speak out. then they were pro the youth movement, now i think they are saying again, they're want a smooth, stable transition. so i don't really think that th
, this is special reports. >> president obama unveiled a $3.75 trillion budget he is billing as tough choices and sacrifices. republicans are calling it a timid. carl cameron has reaction from capitol hill but we begin with mikepa manual on the budget rollout. >> president obama's visited baltimore middle school to highlight the budget, more spending on education, also on transportation and infrastructure while trying to get a handle on expenses elsewhere. >> the only way we can make investments in our future, the government has to live within its evens. we need to take responsibility for our deficits. >> the budget unveiled today projects a deficit of $1.1 trillion in 2012 and would not stabilize the deficit until 2017. it does aim to reduce the deficit by one trillion dollars and five-year freeze on non-discretionary programs. >> still has as we cut waste and inefficiency, it will require tough choices. >> reporter: it does address looming en titles social security and medicaid. >> one thing the budget doesn't do make tough choices. it's hard to see if it makes any tough choices and more. >
studios in new york city. this week, president obama ordered his justice department to stop defending the federal law that bans recognition of same sex marriage across state lines. how is that going over with two of the biggest constituencies that got him elected? we are going to find out. and also, have you heard about the muslim brotherhood being involved in the middle east uprisings? but, is this group also infiltrating the united states? and one is a grammy winning christian contemporary and gospel music star, the other a hard rocker and former guitarist for the metal band corn and you wouldn't think they have anything in common looking at them, but they do. michael w smith and brian welch ahead, they are he' here tonight and we're going to have a great time. [applaus [applause] >> and this week, two stories have dominated the news. one is the crisis in libya, where its maniacal leader, moammar qaddafi dresses like lady gaga and rants like charlie sheen, and the other is the outgoing scream fest where democratic centers would rather run than fight and leave the battle field. and
, but how far would and could the obama administration go to prevent a full fledged massacre? >>> and a powerful earthquake leaves one of new zealand's largest cities in ruins. dozens are dead, and more may be trapped under crumbled buildings and chunks of concrete. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we fin with a very, very real danger that anti-government protesters in libya could be slaughtered in huge numbers. the strong man moammar gadhafi making it clear today that he won't go down without a fight. eight days into the demonstrations against gadhafi's regime, at least one person in the libyan capital is reported hearing bullets are being fired non-stop. this is the picture gadhafi wants the world to see. we're told libyans were dragged into the street and even offered money to show their support though for gadhafi. and in a rambling speech today, the libyan leader rejected demands that he step down, and he warned that his opponents would pay with their lives. >> translator: whoever cooperate with foreign countries in order to initiate war against libya
. >> it's mysterious. she'll be in court today. president obama is reaching across the aisle today inviting house republicans to lunch at the white house. molly henneberg is live in d.c. with the details. molly, what's happening with this? >> good morning. well, president obama will meet with senior advisors this morning and with secretary of state hillary clinton this afternoon. but in between that, he has a political power lunch, the president will host the top three republicans in the house of representatives. house speaker john boehner, majority leader eric cantor and majority whip kevin mccarthy. these two sides, the president and the house -- and the house republicans, you know, they frequently don't see eye to eye, for example, the house already has voted in a largely symbolic move to overturn the president's signature health care overhaul legislation and likely to take future steps to defund it. the white house gave a preview of this lunch meeting yesterday. here's more. >> i think that the president looks forward to discussing all issues foreign and domestic. obviously,
and president and mrs. barack obama are not on the list. of course they're going for a state visit about a month later. >>> the nation is facing a potential government shutdown like the one that froze the nation in 1995. the senate is out all week for presidents' day recess. they'll return leaving them just five days to strike a deal before march 4th. the senate showdown played out yesterday on "meet the press." >> if we end up shutting down the government and calling into question whether we're going to meet our obligations for social security checks and paying our troops, that is an utter fail e failure. >> the only way we'll shut the government down is if democratic colleagues keep on insisting the government be large and unsustainable. >> ken strickland is nbc news senate producer and i can't tell you how many just lay members of my family from across the country e-mailed me over the weekend going, are you kidding me? they're not working this week with this shutdown looming in two weeks? explain what's happening behind the scenes. >> the great thing about working in congress is that every s
the big game, president obama sat down with bill o'reilly. obama called egypt a changed place, and downplayed concerns of the muslim brotherhood taking power there. they also talked about health care, and political strategy, and then it got personal. >> does it disturb you that so many people hate you? it's a serious question. >> you know, the truth is that the people, and i'm sure previous presidents would say the same thing, whether it was bush or clinton or reagan or anybody, the people who dislike you don't know you. >> but hate you. >> the folks who hate you, they don't know you. >> that's true. >> what they hate is whatever funhouse mirror image of you that's out there. >> joining the company today, as i said, former pennsylvania governor, nbc news political analyst ed rendell. journalist and nbc news contributor karen hunter and the political editor of guy benson who is also host of the radio program the guy benson show. karen, i'm wondering what you made of that. you know, when you saw o'reilly and he's and in your face kind of interviewer, i also thought
president obama unveiled his proposed federal budget for the 2012 fiscal year which begins october 1st. the president outlined his plan this morning. a school in maryland where he had mixed news about education funding. primary education and training more teachers but cuts to help low-end students to attend congress. the total $3.73 trillion, more than 200 programs cut or eliminated and the budget aims to reduce the current record $1.6 trillion deficit by $1.1 trillion over the next 10 years. two-thirds would come from spending cuts, one-third from tax increases on wealthier americans. >> as a start, i've called for a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years. this freeze would cut the deficit by more $400 billion over the next decade. budget freeze will require tough choices. it will mean cutting things that i care deeply about, for example, community action programs and low-income neighbors and towns and community development block grants that so many of our cities and states rely on. >> and joining me now, cnbc's chief washington correspondent, john harwood. as i m
if this continues to go on. >> we welcome you. >> greta: thank you, sir. president obama is getting into this. check out what he has said. >> the president: i haven't followed ly what is happening with the wisconsin budget. i've got some budget problems here in washington i've had to focus on. some of what i've heard coming out of wisconsin where you're just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seeps like more of an assault on unions. public employees, they are our -- our , our friends these are teachers and firefighters they're social workers and police officers. they make a lot of sacrifices and make a big contribution. i think it is important not to vilify them. >> greta: wisconsin assembly speaker and republican jeff fitzgerald joins us. good evening sir. >> good evening. >> greta: are the protesters still out in madison? i know the business of the capital is shutdown. are the protesters still there? >> yeah, they are still out in full force. the entire middle of the capital is still filled. the halls as well as people walking around the capital. >> greta: you
reform package that president obama would be voting for if he were a member of our general assembly. we are not doing that. they are going to have to do their duty at some point. if you are not prepared to respect the democratic process, say your peace, cast your votes, offer your amendments, if you don't succeed go home and take it to the voters. if you are not prepared to do that you shouldn't have run for office. >> greta: explain something to me. when 2005, you became governor you did away with collective bargaining for state employees that is the subject of the feud in wisconsin. i'm curious why you were able to do it by executive order. and what impact it has had on the state of indiana whether it has been good or bad, economically? >> i was able to do it, because it had been put in place by a democratic president saysor many years before by executive or. the indian -- indiana legislature never organized collective bargaining or forced collection of dues from state employees. that's why i was able to strike it down. precisely what scott walker is trying to do in madison now. the a
: what is the view of president obama among the protesters? if you can generalize about how the protesters feel about how president obama is doing? >> can you repeat your question again? >> greta: if it is possible, can you tell me, generally what the protesters think of what president obama has been doing so far or not doing? >> i think highly of president obama showing his attention to the problem is a good thing. too much attention might be not the best move right now as well. egypt wants to be independent and have their independent choices. any help they can get is great, but they don't want anyone imposed upon them. >> i think the american administration has been taken by surprise by what has happened in the last 10 days in egypt. there has been missed signals coming from the administration. first they were hesitant to speak out. then they were pro the youth movement. now i think they are hesitating again. they want a smooth, stable transition. i didn't think the egyptians or the youth movement is very much interested in what president obama thinks or what the administr
governor brewer fired off a legal missile at the white house, smacking the obama administration with a big fat lawsuit. governor brewer is here. >> president mubarak talks to his nation that backfired big time. it has enraged protesters. he insists he won't step down. ambassador bolton is here. >> you will see it yourself, a live report from cairo egypt. [] the network. a living, breathing intelligence that is helping business rethink how to do business. ♪ in here, inventory can be taught to learn... so products get routed to where they're needed mo. ♪ in here, machines have a voice... so they can tell headquarters when they need refilling. ♪ in here, money works smarter... so financial institutions can turn dreams into realities. in here, medical history is brought to life... so doctors can see a patient's medical records -- even if they're away from home. it's more than advanced technology. it's the at&t network -- a network of possibilities, creating and integrating solutions, helping business, and the rethink possible. >> greta: mr. secretary, explain this
and 15 other people in his inner circle to face international travel bans. president obama calling on the leader to leave saying he has lost his legitimacy. you now know the news as fox reports this saturday, february 26, 2011. glad you were along. have a great saturday night. "huckabee" is now. >> ladies and gentlemen, governor mike huckabee. >> hello, everybody. welcome. welcome to "h huckabee" from the news studios in new york city. this week, president obama ordered the justice department to stop defending the federal law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriage across state lines. how is that going over with two of the biggest constituencies that got him elected? we will find out. also, have you heard about the muslim brotherhood being involved in the middle east uprisings? is this group also infiltrating the united states. and one is a drammy winning christian contemporary and gospel music star. the other a hard rocker. and former guitarist for the metal band korn and you couldn't think they had anything in common by looking at them. they do. michael w. smith and brian
ouster. >>> and today deep concerns from president obama moments ago aboardair force one as reports of more bloodshed in bahrain emerge. security forces opened fire on thousands defying a government crackdown in the capital city. we've got live reports coming from the region. >>> plus, call him the new sheriff on capitol hill. he takes aim at some sweetheart loans for congress. oversight committee chair darryl issa will join us light. >>> and the fight over spending cuts led one member of congress to make a very personal revelation. >>> plus "hardball's" chris matthews takes us behind the clinton phenomenon. >> when i was leaving the white house, i thought of myself as a guy who had been let's say a star quarterback in the nfl. >> good day, everybody. i'm norah o'donnell live in washington. andrea mitchell is off today, and we begin with the big story in wisconsin where tens of thousands of protesters are accusing the republican governor, mr. walker, of trying to balance the budget on the backs of state workers, raising health care and pension costs. in addition, protesters accuse t
and harassment severely paralyzing their ability to broadcast on the air. >>> and president obama issues his strongest message yet to the egyptian government. warning, and i'm quoting him now, going back to the old days is not going to work. let's start with the bloody fighting right now between opposing protesters. that fighting spreading to new parts of cairo. cnn's ivan watson is joining us with the very latest. ivan, i know you're at tahrir square, and it looks like there's some significant crowds still gathered, even though it's now just past midnight. >> reporter: that's right. thousands of people here, more than we've seen in the past, and really a remarkable turnaround here considering that throughout the day and night on wednesday and thursday this was basically a war zone, and on friday it was a giant political rally made possible in part by the egyptian military providing a bit more security and apparently holding back some of the pro-government demonstrators. that said, while the scene here has been peaceful, there's been music. there have been speeches. there has been poetry, an
but not strip him of his presidency right away. the obama administration is working several diplomatic channels. secretary of state hillary clinton has spoken with her counterpart in egypt. the state department is not providing any details of that discussion. officials are also saying talks are under way to prepare for a transition of power. so let's go live to our london bureau. with a good saturday morning to y you, first up, let's hear about the explosion with the gas pipeline. what do you know about that? >>> good morning, alex. that blast set off a massive fire that could be seen for dozens of miles according to witnesses. no one appears to be injured in the blaze and it was quickly brought under control. this has been a volatile area of egypt even before the protests and the pipeline involved crucially supplies gas to both israel and jordan. now the governor of the region says he suspects sabotage and there are unconfirmed reports about about the cause of the blast. israel radio is quoting officials at the terminal saying the small explosive device was planted and then detonated. there ar
. >>> president obama will hold a news conferences at 11:00 a.m. eastern. you can see is here on cnn and likely talk about his 2012 budget unveiled yesterday and cut into many programs but with the aim of getting us at least to hack about a trillion dollars off the budget. >>> this morning, we are talking about your wallet and your world. we are following two major stories. prices are rising. food, clothing and appliances, just about everything you buy is about to cost more. then more protests ripple across the arab world. more violence erupts. two of the targeted regimes are u.s. allies. a third a u.s. foe and all could have a direct bearing on the united states. >>> we begin this hour with developing news just minutes ago, the white house announced that president obama will hold a morning news conference and comes one day after releasing his proposed budget and amid rises tide and protests and violence sweeping through the arab world. we have a preview with cnn's indicate bolduan at the white house. >> we did find out a short time ago that the president will be holding a press conference at 1
crackdown on anti-government protesters. president obama plans to speak out about the situation in libya in just a matter of minutes. we'll have live coverage here. critics have been questioning the president's silence. stand by for that. >>> oil prices spike to the highest level in over two years amid reports that libya's production has stalled. this hour, how the unrest there could threaten the economy here in the united states. >>> and a new legal move by the obama administration reignites the divisive debate over same-sex marriage. amid revolts overseas and budget battles here at home, a lot of people are asking why now? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." these are some of the latest pictures of libyans demanding freedom and defying moammar gadhafi's brutal crackdown. opposition forces have made gains outside the capital of tripoli a day after gadhafi vowed to fight to the death to hold on to power, but witnesses tell us the streets of tripoli are virtually empty right now, except for blood, bodies and burned cars. the white house says president obama will speak out in
obama announcing economic sanctions against the regime saying the united states will freeze billions of dollars in government assets. the economic vice may get tighter. the united nations is holding a weekend session and they are debating a resolution that would impose their own sanctions. julie banderas is covering that angle. >> julie: they are honing to get a vote while there is a broad support for a draft resolution to impose international sanctions against muammar khadafy's government. some countries remain split over whether to refer the issue to the rarely used international criminal court. at a closed-door meeting, china right now is the only country still objecting to an immediate icc referral which would include an investigation of crimes against humanity committed by khadafy against his people since february 15th. the crackdown has resulted in the killings of at least a thousand civilians. meantime, the u.n. resolution was drafted by u.k. and france that would include an arms embargo freezing assets and a travel ban against khadafy, his family and top lieutenant commanders
>>> good day. i'm contessa brewer. the big story we're watching now, president obama grabbing the reins in the budget battle and driving republicans in a corner they may not like being in. >> it's a budget presents a detailed, multiyear, comprehensive plan to cut spending and reduce deficits. >> in the senate this morning, treasury secretary tim geithner lays out the president's 2012 budget for the finance committee. >> we have protected programs that support military people, readiness, and modernization. >> in the house today, the defense secretary at the armed services committee weighs in on what will be a tug-of-war over how much money the pentagon gets. >>> all over capitol hill -- general anxiety about spending cuts and the political consequences. the president called republicans' budget bluff with his big proposal to slash spending. >> it will mean freezing salaries of hard-working federal employees for the next two years. >> that preemptive move forces republicans to take an even stricter stand if they want to appear to be spending hawks. >> the federal government has a
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